Innovative Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Plan "Brewing" at Teavana

National tea retail chain starts using EasyPak prepaid recycling by mail to dispose of its fluorescent lamps at 100 store locations throughout the United States.

Looks like tea isn’t the only thing that’s green. As part of its commitment to recycle its fluorescent bulbs, national tea retailer Teavana has chosen to partner with Air Cycle Corp. By utilizing Air Cycle’s EasyPak prepaid recycling containers, each of Teavana’s stores now has an easy way to properly dispose of its fluorescents, insuring that no harm comes to the environment from mercury leakage into landfills.

Atlanta based Teavana operates 100 stores around the United States and in Mexico and sells tea online at Teavana.com. The company offers several different kinds of high-quality teas and tea accessories while also operating tea bars in stores where customers can drink and sample tea before buying.

Environmental concern is nothing new to Teavana. The company is always looking for ways to make their operations more sustainable, from making shopping bags out of recyclable materials to installing parts in stores that don’t have to be replaced as often, thereby cutting down on landfill waste. For Joe Babka, director of facilities at Teavana, recycling bulbs became just another way to go full circle with environmental responsibility: “We save energy by using energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs,” he said, “and now we can have a fully closed loop by taking those same bulbs and recycling them when they burn out.”

Why did Teavana decide to go with Air Cycle and EasyPak for their bulb recycling needs? Babka and his team evaluated the cost and functions of several other bulb recycling solutions, but they ultimately chose EasyPak because it was the most cost-efficient. Babka added that “We were also very impressed with Air Cycle’s commitment to the environment…every department at Teavana is excited about our partnership with Air Cycle and our new ability to go green with EasyPak.”

When asked if he had any tips for similar companies that want to become more environmentally sustainable in their operations, Babka again mentioned EasyPak: “This program is great for specialty retail companies similar to Teavana that have smaller stores nationwide.”

EasyPak recycling containers are available through LampRecycling.com. Find out more about corporate recycling solutions from Air Cycle by calling 800-909-9709 or visiting AirCycle.com.

You learn more about Teavana by visiting Teavana.com.